On May 13, it was announced that a priest serving in the Erie Diocese was removed due to sex abuse allegations. The alleged abuse of a minor took place in the 1980s while the priest held a position at the St. John the Baptist Parish in Erie, Pennsylvania. After receiving allegations from the Office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General, the diocese investigated the charges, which prompted the bishop to remove the priest from his current post at St. Tobias Parish in Brockway, Pennsylvania and place him on indefinite leave from active ministry.
In August 2018, a report released by the Pennsylvania Attorney General unleashed a flurry of credible sex abuse allegations leveled at over 300 priests in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, the current statute of limitations prevents many survivors from filing claims against their abusers. Just last week, the Governor of New Jersey signed legislation that loosens the statute of limitations restrictions in the state, which survivors, advocates, and supporters hope will push Pennsylvania to amend their laws as well.
If you or someone you love faced sexual abuse by a clergy member, our Pennsylvania clergy abuse lawyers at Williams Cedar will discuss your case with discretion and compassion. Please call us today at 215-557-0099 or contact us online to schedule a free and confidential consultation. We represent clients from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and nationwide from our offices in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey.